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Celebrate John Knox’s 500th Birthday with Discounts on His Works

knoxThe six-volume The Works of John Knox is on sale for a limited time! Save 20% with coupon code KNOX14 at checkout. Get it now!

Who was John Knox?

The Protestant Reformation was no stranger to controversial figures. Among the ranks of John Calvin and Martin Luther stood another giant—this one Scottish, John Knox. He, like his predecessors and mentors, generated much contention, but also inspired many to preach a pure gospel and search the Scriptures.

Little is known about Knox’s early life, though many scholars agree that he was born circa 1514 in Haddington, near Edinburgh. At 25, he was suddenly and dramatically called to the preaching ministry—a calling that he responded to with reluctance and tears. His life was tumultuous, as were the times in which he lived and preached. As Reformed doctrine crept into Scotland, he was persuaded and joined the ranks of the reformers. In a short span, Knox went from a minister’s broadsword-bearing bodyguard, to a preacher, to a galley slave, to a student of John Calvin, to a traveling preacher, to a pen-wielding prophet decrying the bloody Queen of Scots, Mary Tudor.

In 1559, after extensive traveling and writing, he returned to Scotland and “deployed his formidable preaching skills to increase Protestant militancy.” His preaching both caused riots and drew souls to love Jesus Christ, nearly in the same breath. Knox was elected the minister of the Edinburgh church, and wielding his preaching prowess as a weapon to cut the quick, applying his biblical exposition to Scotland’s situation.

the-works-of-john-knoxScotland’s political-religious climate was rapidly shifting, and there was much work to be done in the upheaval. Knox and several others, in light of the massive number of Protestant conversions, took pen to paper and wrote The Book of Church Order—upon which the entire Presbyterian church would be based. Even today, Presbyterians look to The Book of Church Order for polity and church-administration issues, and they look to Knox as their founder.

Knox is often portrayed as a fiery, courageous prophet, standing Elijah-like at the pulpit, decrying God’s enemies with a broadsword in one hand and a Bible in the other. Yet the reality is something different. Knox, by all accounts, was a timid, frail, and fragile man, who when “stripped of his God-given might and the thundering power of his calling, what remains is a mere mortal, a small man, ‘low in stature, and of a weakly constitution’.”

“Knox is a model for the ordinary Christian, especially the one who feels his own weakness but who nevertheless wants to serve Christ in a troubled world. Knox is eminently relevant to all Christians who have ever been forced to come face to face with their own littleness” (Douglas Bond, The Mighty Weakness of John Knox).

Learn more about his life and legacy

To celebrate Knox’s quincentennial, you can save 20% on the six-volume The Works of John Knox with coupon code KNOX14 at checkout—get yours now!

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Last 3 Days: Get 15% Off a New Base Package!

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This is your last chance to save 15% on Logos 5 during the new base package sale! If you’re thinking about getting Logos 5, it’s important that you do so right away. Just use coupon code GETLOGOSNOW and you’ll save 15% on a brand-new base package.

You’ll get the most useful, in-depth commentaries, lexicons, language and grammar tools, and more. You’ll get a suite of powerful study tools that help you learn more, faster. And, with our bundling discounts and your 15% discount, you’ll know you’re getting an outstanding value.

Instead of spending extra time and money to put together a collection piece by piece, you can pick from our carefully curated base packages—all at 15% off!

On a budget? No problem

Logos-5A payment plan makes the library you want more affordable by spreading out the payments in easier-to-manage chunks. (You’ll never pay interest, either!)

What’s more, for every purchase over $1,900, we’re offering extended plans: you can choose any of the largest Logos 5 packages, start using it today, and spread your payments out over 12–24 months.

Start using your dream library right now: pick out your Logos 5 base package, and then set up an interest-free payment plan at checkout.

There’s no more time!

At the end of the day on Monday, June 30, coupon code GETLOGOSNOW will expire. But right now, you can still get a new Logos 5 base package at the best price. As always, your purchase is backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Don’t miss your chance! Use coupon code GETLOGOSNOW and get 15% off your new base package.

Free Book: What’s in the Word by Ben Witherington III

witw1We’ve teamed up with Baylor University Press to give you Ben Witherington III’s What’s in the Word: Rethinking the Socio-Rhetorical Character of the New Testament for free! Just use coupon code BW3BAYLOR to get your copy.

Understand Scripture in context

What’s in the Word, written in Witherington’s usual clear, clever style, is a collection of essays on topics like “oral texts,” pseudepigrapha, New Testament word studies in light of their socio-rhetorical backgrounds, and more. Preachers and teachers will especially appreciate how Witherington’s work helps establish exegetical study historically.

James D.G. Dunn once said that the autonomy of the biblical text is an illusion, and that Scripture will always be read in a context, whether modern or historical. In What’s in the Word, Witherington explains how the recognition of the oral and socio-rhetorical character of the New Testament and its environment necessitates a change in how we read the New Testament literature.

Use coupon code BW3BAYLOR through June 16 to get What’s in the Word for free!

P.S. Through June 16, you can also enter to win the entire Ben Witherington III Collection. Head over to the Logos Academic blog and enter to win before it’s too late!

Your Last Day to Save on Lexham Press Resources!

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Today is your last day to take advantage of the Lexham Press sale! For the rest of the day, we’re offering great discounts on a huge selection of Lexham products. Here are a few of the bestsellers so far:

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Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament Bundle

Regularly $149.95—get it for $119.95

The Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament makes discourse analysis simple. It includes the entire Greek text of the New Testament, marked up with more than 20 discourse devices, and comes with a general introduction to discourse grammar—you’ll get an overview of each discourse device, plus numerous examples of how the New Testament authors used these devices to communicate.

Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection

Regularly $534.95—get it for $461.95

The Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection is your starting point for study and research on the Pauline epistles. It surveys all the relevant literature on key passages, summarizes all the major views, and brings the summary straight to you. A complete introduction to Paul’s letters, this collection will bring new thoroughness to your research.

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Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters

Regularly $143.95—pre-order it for $84.95

Spurgeon’s writings on the Bible fill dozens of volumes; his thoughts on particular passages are scattered across numerous books and sermons. These volumes collect his thoughts on nine different New Testament letters in a commentary format, with illustrations and applications selected from his sermons and writings.

Studies in Faithful Living: Patriarchs Collection

Regularly $39.95—get it for $31.95

Discover new meaning in the lives of the patriarchs. Answer the questions you’ve never thought to ask. Learn new ways to apply the patriarchs’ stories in your life. This collection helps your entire church dig deeper into the lives of the founders of our faith. It has everything you need for personal study, and it’s best used in conjunction with the complete church curriculum.

These deals expire at midnight (Pacific Time). Check out the full list, and pick up your favorites right now!

Get 89% Off the Pre-Summer Pack—and Then Get Even More Deals!

pre-summer packThough the official beginning of summer is still about a month away, for many, Memorial Day weekend represents the real start to the season. It means spending time with family, grilling, and soaking up some sun.

It also means preparing your summer reading list. Logos is here to help with special limited-time savings on some awesome resources!

The best deal: the Pre-Summer Pack

The Pre-Summer Pack retails at $1,382.54, but right now, you can get it for 89% off—that’s more than $1,232 in total savings!1

At a little more than $2 per book, this variety pack is the perfect way to get the titles you’ve been wanting—and then some! The limited-time Pre-Summer Pack gives you resources from a wide variety of top scholars and authors, including A.W. Pink, I. Howard Marshall, R.A. Torrey, and others. With everything from biblical study guides to expositions to topical studies, it’s jam-packed with helpful resources for study and research.

For only $149.95, you can round out your library with an enormous bundle that, at any other time, would cost you over $1,382. And if you already have some of these resources, you’ll get a custom ownership discount—this means potential savings on top of the 89%+ you’re already taking off!

This deal won’t be around for long. Don’t miss out—get it today!

memorial day saleThen choose from even more deals this Memorial Day weekend

We also have a selection of resources on sale through Monday only:

These aren’t all the products on sale this weekend—check out the full list, and be sure to pick up your favorites while you still can!

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Save Big during Our Canadian Spring Sale

Canadian Spring SaleRight now, you can save big on 30+ resources in our Canadian Spring Sale—individual commentaries, collections, and more! This sale only lasts through midnight on Monday—don’t miss out.

Here are some of the resources on sale:

A Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament

Regularly $49.95—get it for $35.95

The Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament starts off with an analysis of the various definitions of “exegesis,” a notoriously difficult term to pin down, as well as an essay covering the discipline’s basic tools. From there, it discusses the major exegetical models: textual criticism, linguistic analysis, genre criticism, source, form, and redaction criticism, discourse analysis, rhetorical and narratological criticism, literary criticism, and canonical criticism. You’ll come away with a solid understanding of what exegesis means and how to do it.

encountering-the-new-testament-a-historical-and-theological-survey-3rd-edEncountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey

Regularly $44.99—get it for $35.99

Studying the New Testament can be not only exciting, but also intimidating. This highly readable survey is designed to make the adventure less daunting and more rewarding. It includes sidebars that address ethical and theological concerns and provide primary sources, focus boxes isolating key issues, chapter outlines, learning objectives, summaries, and study questions. You’ll find this introductory text both informative and engaging.

letters-to-the-church-a-survey-of-hebrews-and-the-general-epistlesLetters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles

Regularly $40.95—get it for $32.95

In this rich commentary, respected New Testament scholar Karen Jobes explores the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles (James through Jude). Jobes writes from an evangelical perspective, addressing not only issues of historical relevance but also how these ancient books connect with Christian faith and practice today. Pastors, professors, students, and laypeople interested in deeper biblical study will find this resource accessible and spiritually meaningful.

These aren’t all the products on sale—check out the complete list!

Win a MacBook Air, Logos 5 Gold, and R. C. Sproul Books!

Enter to win a macbook airThrough June 1, enter to win a MacBook Air, Logos 5 Gold, eight Vyrso books, and two tickets to the upcoming Ligonier conference in Seattle!

To help believers understand what it means to be a witness in this world, Ligonier Ministries is hosting its West Coast Conference on “Overcoming the World: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture.” From June 6 to 7, 2014, Drs. Steven Lawson, Stephen Meyer, Albert Mohler, and R. C. Sproul Jr. will be joining R. C. Sproul in Seattle to address the challenges modern Christians face. Early-bird registration for Ligonier Seattle ends April 11, and then the price jumps from $59 to $79. Register today!

If you win, you’ll receive not only two tickets to Ligonier Seattle, but also Logos 5 Gold (worth over $20,000 in print!), a brand-new MacBook Air, and eight R. C. Sproul Vyrso books.1 Here are the books you could win:

  1. The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts That Shaped Our World
  2. Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics
  3. Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology
  4. Preaching the Cross
  5. Saved from What?
  6. The Spirit of Revival: Discovering the Wisdom of Jonathan Edwards
  7. The Dark Side of Islam
  8. The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel

Read all these books using the free Vyrso app for iOS and Android, include them in your Bible study while using Logos 5 on your new MacBook Air, or read online at Biblia.com.

Don’t miss out—this giveaway closes June 1! Enter to win today:

  1. Entry closes June 1. We’ll select and notify the winner June 2. If you win and you already own Logos 5 and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. Grand prize does not include travel or accommodations. The winner will need to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prize. By entering the giveaway, you’re opting to receive emails from Vyrso and Logos. []

A Legacy Library: How Lewis Sperry Chafer Learned from His Father

lewis-sperry-chaferLewis Sperry Chafer (born this day in 1871) was an American Presbyterian clergyman and educator, born in Rock Creek, Ohio. He studied at New Lyme Academy in Ohio, at Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory and College, and under C. I. Scofield. He also taught Bible at the Philadelphia School of the Bible from 1914 to 1923. In 1924, he founded the Evangelical Theological College—now Dallas Theological Seminary.

His father, Thomas Franklin Chafer, was a Congregational pastor; he and his wife, Lomira Sperry Chafer, were devoted, caring parents. Thomas died when Lewis was just 11.

Books are heirlooms

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Despite his early passing, Lewis’ father left something behind. He left his library of books, including his beloved John Owen commentary, in which we found this flyleaf while converting the commentary to a Logos resource. First, the Owen commentary belonged to Thomas Franklin Chafer; then it was passed on to young Lewis; from there, it went with Lewis to seminary.

Leaving digital books to your children might not be something you think about when you’re building up your Logos library. But your books—the pages that brought you to a deeper understanding of God’s Word—are one of the most important things you can leave to your child. After all, why would you build up an entire library just for it to be forgotten?

With Logos, you can leave a legacy. Your license is transferable, and it never expires. You can pass your library down for the generations to come.

Thomas Franklin Chafer had it right when he left his library to Lewis—it must have meant so much more to build a library secure in the knowledge that he’d be passing it down to his son. Little did he know that, through Lewis, so many people would be trained up in the study of God’s Word! Lewis Sperry Chafer took that modest library and turned it into a legacy of his own: he went on to become one of the most beloved theologians of the early twentieth century, and he left behind a seminary that’s educated thousands of young teachers.

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Add Chafer’s writings to your own legacy library—get the Lewis Sperry Chafer Collection today.

3-Day Sale: Get 30% Off Commentaries on Romans!

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Here’s the deal: you have three days to get 30% off our most popular commentaries on Romans! This sale is exclusive to Romans commentaries, so it’s likely you’ll find your favorites among the nearly 60 products.

Don’t wait—you have until Monday at 11:59 p.m. (PST) to take advantage of this offer!

Here are four of the most popular commentaries on sale:

baker-exegetical-commentary-on-the-new-testament-romans1. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Romans

Get to know Romans with this clear, comprehensive resource by Thomas Schreiner, which wrestles with the book’s theological issues. You’ll also get a four-part exegetical guide to simplify your study.

2. The NIV Application Commentary: Romans

Join Douglas Moo in examining Romans paragraph by paragraph. You’ll look at how Paul’s first-century concerns relate to contemporary issues.

the-new-american-commentary-romans3. The New American Commentary: Romans

A fundamental tool for teachers and expositors seeking to interpret Romans, this commentary illuminates the book’s historical and contemporary significance.

4. Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 38a: Romans 1–8

The WBC stands out for its thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. This widely acclaimed volume is an exceptional resource for theologians, instructors, students, ministers, and anyone else interested in building a thorough understanding of Romans.

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Martin Luther considered Romans to be as much a theological essay as a letter to a church. Because of the book’s rich theological insight, Luther even asserted that it would be beneficial for every Christian to memorize the letter.

This three-day sale’s selection of nearly 60 commentaries gives scholars, pastors, and laypeople the tools they need for a thorough study of this important epistle. You don’t want to miss your chance to get resources on Romans at a great price.

The sale ends Monday at 11:59 p.m. (PST)—get your favorite commentary on Romans right now!